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Kim T.

The inaugural Capital City Oktoberfest (CCO) – a Lincoln celebration of community and beer – takes place on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 7 & 8, at the Gatweay Mall. After the recent change in the state laws, this will be our first opportunity to serve homebrewed beer to the public. The Lincoln Lagers will be there and we need your cooperation!

From the Start: The CCO would like five gallons of homebrewed beer (preferably a German style) for the opening “Ceremonial Tapping.” We will get some publicity, note the return of homebrew to public events, and kickoff the event. At the August meeting, Doug Finke volunteered to brew a German beer for this request. Thank you, Doug!

Brew Demo: The organizers would like the Lincoln Lagers to provide a brewing demonstration. We will brew five gallons of beer per day (maybe ten, depending on setup and the brewers involved). One or two brewers would brew their choice of beer with one or two additional volunteers answering questions of the attendees. On Saturday, the brewing session starts after the ceremonial first tapping and will start at noon on Sunday.

Ice and Electricity: There will be no access to running water, so we’ll have to bring our own for chilling. The CCO will provide ice, so in addition to keeping our homebrew cold, we’ll use that for chilling. They will provide generators for electricity; we’ll need to bring a pump circulate ice water for the chilling.

Serving Homebrew: The Lagers will provide at least two or three five-gallon kegs of beer with two servers per day who would be in charge of serving small samples/tasters. The sampling schedule is to be determined. We will NOT be continuously pouring our homebrew, and not accepting tickets in exchange for beer. We will not be using the tap tower for this; picnic taps will be sufficient.

Volunteering: For each volunteer or five-gallon donation, the CCO will wave the entry fee and provide beer and food tickets. If we have more member volunteers than we need and you still want to be part of this exciting event, there are lots of opportunities available to help. Click here and sign up!

More Info: If you want to volunteer or need more information, please contact Kim Theesen or Lacy Phillipe.

Click here for the official Oktoberfest website.

It’s just about time for our August meeting! We’re back at the Happy Raven on the first Thursday of the month: August 1. Socializing at 6 and beer business at 7. Bring some homebrew to share!

In addition to regular business: after homebrew was declared legal to serve to the public, we’re looking at a return to the festival circuit. The first opportunity will be the inaugural Capital City Oktoberfest, to be held on the weekend of Sept. 7 & 8. Annie & Fidel from Perfect Pour Magazine will be sharing the event details at the August meeting.

While you’re updating your fall calendar, make a note on Saturday, Sept. 21. This will be our annual Lincoln Lagers picnic. Once again, we’ll be out at Tim & Theresa Thomssen’s place. Bring a side dish, chairs and, of course, homebrew and mead. In addition to the always awesome atmosphere, we’ll convince the Lady Lagers to judge the annual mead contest. And most importantly, we’ll be celebrating former Lagers’ president and Modern Monk Dave Oenbring. More details in the August Brewsletter.

Stay cool! Cheers!

We are fast approaching our July meeting! So we can celebrate Independence Day with friends and family, we’re moving the meeting to the second Thursday of the month. For this meeting, we will be showcasing the beers we brewed during the 2019 Big Brew at Doug Finke’s place. Tim T and Dean the Dream will be on hand to choose one of those beers for scale up at Boiler Brewing Co. In addition, we’ll award prizes for the favorite brews, plus we’ll have a special beer ‘n’ food pairing. See you on July 11 at the Southwood Clubhouse, 5000 Tipperary Trail.

Have a safe and happy 4th of July! Cheers!

We still have a few more tickets to sell and we’ve decided that for this trip EVERYBODY IS A MEMBER!

That’s right! Tickets for members and friends of members are all for sale at $40 each!

Your schedule:
Saturday, May 18, 2019
Depart Lincoln at 8:30 a.m. with return at 10 p.m.

Stops include: Exile BrewingBarn Town Brewing and a “Choose Your Own Adventure” in Downtown Des Moines with a walking map of fun destinations.
We’ve even arranged three one-way shuttle rides offered at 2 p.m., 3 p.m., and 4 p.m. to help you get around the downtown area.

Don’t be left out! Log on and sign up today!

Saturday, May 4, 2019, 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Join the Lincoln Lagers for the American Homebrewers Association Annual Big Brew! Doug Finke was kind enough to lug out his 100-gallon mash tun for this event. We will have 75 gallons of wort available to split among 12-15 individuals/teams, $15 gets you enough wort to brew a five-gallon batch. This year’s grist will consist of 83% Pilsner base malt, 15% flaked oats, 2% Cara Pils and lactose will be available. All you have to do is bring yourself, gear to brew, and hops and yeast. Doug will also have a grill for food. Let’s get together and brew big!

Follow the link for details and sign up today!

More details and directions to Doug’s to follow soon! Cheers!

Sunday, April 28, 2019, 1 – 5 p.m.
Zipline Brewery, 2100 Magnum Cir, Ste. 1

Are you an extract brewer interested in learning how to brew all-grain, but don’t have the equipment or know how? Are you interested in learning the benefits of joining a homebrew club? If the answer is yes to any of these questions, you do not want to miss the Lincoln Lagers Homebrew Equipment Swap Meet, all-grain brewing demonstration and fundraiser for the Nebraska Hop Growers Association (proceeds to flood relief for our local hop farmers).

1 – 5 p.m.
Zipline Parking Lot / Receiving Door

Hosted by the Lincoln Lagers Homebrew Club, this great event will include a demonstration of how to brew beer using 100% malted grain and from start to finish. Get your questions ready.This is a great place to start for introductory information for beginners, as well as information for those homebrewers wanting to move to the intermediate and advanced procedures.

1 p.m. Mash
2 p.m. Sparge
3:30 p.m. Boil starts
4:30 p.m. Word chill

1 – 4:30 p.m.
Zipline Patio

Collecting the equipment needed to start brewing, or to start brewing all-grain, is one of the biggest hurdles for brewers. Buying new equipment can often be expensive and cut into the ingredient budget. On the other hand, many veteran brewers have more equipment filling up their spare bedrooms than they know what to do with. This swap meet will give you the opportunity to buy, sell and trade brewing equipment essentials.

More details about the event are here!

Thursday – April 18 – 5:30 to 9 ish

Stop by Yia Yia’s (1423 O Street) for the Lincoln Lagers Homebrew Club monthly social. No agenda, just beer… and pizza! This place has some of Lincoln’s best pizza and one of the largest selections of brew in town…over 250 in the coolers and 24 on tap. So stop by and talk about beer and have a slice of pizza on Thursday from 5:30 to 9 ish! Cheers!



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